The Canadian Association for Sports and Exercise Medicine’s (CASEM) position statement describes evidence and prevention strategies for head injuries and concussions in soccer. Several recommendations are put forward, including:
- The importance of safe play and respect
- Educating players, parents and coaches to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion
- If a concussion is suspected, athletes should be removed from competition and receive advice from a qualified professional
- Care should be taken to ensure players are using the recommended size of ball, and that the ball is inflated properly and in good condition
- Proper heading techniques should be emphasized and young players should refrain from heading the ball in competition until the proper technique has been mastered in a controlled practice setting.